The Leanin' Dog

The Leanin' Dog

Book - 2008
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Eleven-year-old Dessa Dean, mourning the death of her mother, finds an injured dog on her porch, which allows both Dessa and the dog to heal together with a friendship that shapes both of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545202121
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 22 cm
Uniform Title: Leaning dog


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olson_ys Feb 20, 2012

Young Dessa Dean’s life has not been so great lately. The sudden death of her beloved mother not two months prior has left her filled with grief, and that’s not all. Her mother’s death has also left her with an extreme fear of leaving the small cabin in the woods she lives in with her daddy. Dessa spends her days all alone in the cabin doing chores and working on homework problems her father makes up for her all the while trying not to think the sad thoughts that can easily turn into “daymares.” But Dessa gets an early Christmas present one day when she opens the cabin door and finds a skinny, injured brown dog in need of a friend. Dessa needs a friend too and she is determined to win the trust of the dog, even if it means stepping out of the cabin and facing her fears. This is a sweet story about the unconditional love we get from our pets and also the simple things that make Christmas so special.


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